Summer Outings

    In the early days of the Civic Trust we went on annual outings and explored all sorts of interesting cultural, archaeological, architectural and environmental places. Often these were places which many of us had never been to but had heard about and thought we might get to some day. The main constraints were distance, as we had to be able to get there and back in a day and fit in everything we wanted to see, and the cost of the hired coach which had to have a certain number of signed up participants to make it worth doing. We have also done outings using private cars, which are interesting and useful for more local trips. The advantage of the coach is that no one has to drive, the view from the coach is better than from a car and it is a great bonding experience!

    Since 2000 we have visited:-

    Strokestown Park House, Famine Museum and restored Walled Garden

    The Burren, guided by resident Burren environmentalist and artist Gordon D'Arcy

    The Aran Islands and Inishmore

    Clonmacnoise, travelling down the Shannon on a "Viking" boat, and on to Birr Castle Demesne and Museum

    Lissadell House, Sligo (twice):

    - the first via a boat trip past the Lake Isle of Inishfree to Parke's Castle and including the Yeats pictures in the Niland Gallery,
    - the second after the Walled and original Seaside Gardens were restored by the new owners

    Tulsk Cruachan Ai Visitors Centre and the sites of Queen Maeve's and other royal burials and souterrains as well as Boyle and Elphin en route

    Athenry, restored castle and abbey, lunch with the Gossips and restored Ballinderry House, the Battle of Aughrim Museum with model of the battle, talk by the curator who then accompanied us round the actual battle site, finishing at Loughrea for a visit to the cathedral with its Arts and Crafts stained glass and carved pews

    Organic Centre at Rossinver, Co. Leitrim

    17th Century furnace being restored on Maguires' farm near Partry, visit to the Harry Clarke stained glass windows in the church in Ballinrobe and then to Inismaine Abbey on Lough Mask where we failed in our search for ruins of the monks' sauna in the undergrowth

    Comfort stops are arranged along the way, some catering specially for us and often an opportunity for an impromptu hooley on the way home!

    Westport Civic Trust Aims

    Promote and initiate the preservation and protection, renewal and improvement of the buildings and other features of the natural, historical, cultural, scientific and architectural interest of the area, for the benefit of the community.

    Westport Civic Trust


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